Drugstore Makeup Favorites

I love Sephora as much as the next makeup addict, but as a student it’s not realistic for me to constantly buy expensive makeup when there are budget-friendly options available at the drugstore. I feel like sometimes people write off drugstore makeup and consider it lower quality, but half the time it’s at a lower price-point because of packaging and brand licensing. Here are some of my favorite affordable makeup finds, either available at the drugstore or from budget-friendly brands like Colourpop and Milani.

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

By now I think everyone in the makeup community knows how incredible Maybelline concealers are. I love how easily this concealer blends into my skin and how the formula isn’t thick considering the coverage. I’ll use this concealer to brighten myunder eyes and contour as well, so it’s a pretty versatile product. Compared to other concealers, Maybelline Age Rewind is pretty expensive, but the tube lasts a pretty long time and the gorgeous finish is so worth it. 

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème

I’ve tried tons of different liquid lipsticks, from high-end to drugstore, and in my opinion Milani makes some of the best liquid lipsticks on the market. The texture is very lightweight and pigmented, dries down matte, has little to no transfer, and is under $10. What more could you ask for? There are tons of different shades available, but it can be difficult to find them in stock so I recommend ordering from the Milani website!

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Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet n’ Wild makes incredible affordable makeup, but to me their highlighters stand out. These powders are so incredibly smooth, pigmented, and blinding. If you’re looking for a new intense highlight, definitely check these out. The quality and texture is easily comparable to Becca and Ofra highlighters, but at a fraction of the price. I hope they continue to come out with more shades because the formula is amazing.

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ELF Mad for Matte Palette

This palette from ELF is one of the best available at the drugstore in my opinion. I always found it difficult to find a good matte formula at the drugstore. I’m not sure if it’s because creating shimmers are least costly, but finding a matte formula that was creamy, pigmented, and blendable took me a while.  This palette has a great selection of shades, and it’s my go-to palette for travel. For $10, it’s a steal and I definitely want to get my hands on the second edition of the Mad for Matte Palette.

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Colourpop Lip Liner and Satin Lipstick in “Aquarius

Now I know that Colourpop isn’t available at the drugstore, but the price is so affordable that I had to include it. I’ve always been a huge fan of Colourpop liners. They have great longevity, the shade range is huge, and the quality is easily comparable with Sephora brands. I’m also obsessed with Colourpop’s satin liquid lipstick formula. I love how pigmented and comfortable these lipsticks are! If you’re looking for an affordable nude lip kit, the shade “Aquarius” in both of these formulations is such a gorgeous shade.